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Highlands perform well with multiple nominations in Gaelic film competition FilmG

By Val Sweeney

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The Highlands is well represented in FilmG.
The Highlands is well represented in FilmG.

Young film makers across the Highlands have won nominations in an annual Gaelic film competition.

FilmG finds, nurtures, and develops new talent for Gaelic media.

This year’s competition – which had the theme Mo Shealladh (My Point of View) – attracted more than 160 entries.

In the under 18s section, the shortlisted entries include Sealladh na Seachdain by Inverness Royal Academy for the Inspiration Award and Fògarrach no Fortanach by Millbank Primary School in Nairn for Best Youth Group.

Jasmine Krzyzanowska-Pawlak and Sophie Smith of Inverness are nominees in the Rionnag (Star Award) for Individual Technical Excellence.

In the over-18s competition, Keri Johnson of Inverness has been nominated for the Technical Excellence Award.

Last year’s Best Film winners, Allan Crook and Eilidh Johnson of Inverness, made separate films this year.

Allan picked up a nomination for Technical Excellence and Eilidh a nomination for Best Production Design.

A film by Rachel Urquhart has been nominated for the Community Award and Technical Excellence Award.

More than 50 films have been shortlisted for the awards, a night celebrating the best Gaelic storytellers and filmmakers in Scotland and beyond.

With the judges’ job now complete, the only categories still to be decided are the FilmG Choice Awards.

The public vote for these categories remain open until midnight on February 2.

Votes can be cast online by the public at FilmG.

Rachel Kennedy, FilmG judge and star of hit BBC ALBA drama series An Clò Mòr, said the shortlist had been carefully considered and showcased the best Gaelic filmmakers based on production, technical ability, and storytelling.

"From highly skilled animation to tear-jerking documentaries and cutting-edge dramas, the high level of talent, creativity, and effort has been evident in every film shortlisted, and they are all deserved finalists," she said.

FilmG Project Manager, Megan Dale, said the shortlisted films show a deep understanding of perspective and the importance of listening to Scotland's multitude of voices.

"The nominees represent different perspectives from all over Scotland, including Thurso, Portree, Glasgow, Harris, Lewis, Dunoon, and Inverness," she said.

"Often, when we think of the film industry, we picture London or Glasgow, but FilmG shows that a wealth of talent can be found in all corners of Scotland (and beyond) and that it is important to encourage these voices to be heard."

The FilmG Awards take place on February 23 in Glasgow's SEC and will be live-streamed to YouTube, with a highlights programme to be broadcast on BBC ALBA on Sunday February 25.

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